Bee Roots for 2022-05-06

The table provides clues for the roots of words in today's NY Times Spelling Bee. You're responsible for prefixes, suffixes, tense changes, plurals, doubling consonants before suffixes, and alternate spellings of roots. An exception: since Sam won't allow S, when the root contains an S, the clue may be for a plural or suffixed form. "Mice" for example. If a clue isn't self-explanatory, try googling it. The TL;DR about the site comes after the table.

Past clues are available here

Today's puzzle
  • Letters: E/GHITWY
  • Words: 24
  • Points: 101
  • Pangrams: 1

Table content

  • with first two letters of answer and length
root #answers coveredanswer's first two lettersanswer's lengthclue for root (answer may need prefix, suffix, tense change, alt spelling, ...)
11EG4What baby birds hatch from
21EI5Number of legs on a spider
22EI6Number of legs on a spider
21EI9Number of legs on a spider
31EY8Cuspid; canine (fang) below your peeper; (I’d give my … for)
41GH4Indian clarified butter
51HE6Measure of how tall something is
61TE5What you use to chew, plural
71TE6When the things you use to chew start to emerge, you chew on everything, and you drool all the time
81TH4Archaic form of “you”
91TH4Plural non-gendered pronoun (… were delicious candies)
101TI5Give 10% of your income to the Church
111TW4Britishspeak for excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental; lop off final consonant of below
121TW5Bird vocalization, or post on this platform
131WE5Put something on a scale to determine heaviness
141WE6What the scale reads in lbs or kg, noun (my … has gone up since the lockdown started)
141WE7What the scale reads in lbs or kg, noun (my … has gone up since the lockdown started)
151WH4Exclamation of excitement on a sled or playground slide
161WH4Sharpen a blade or appetite
171WH4Exclamation of relief after a close call (said as you wipe your brow)
181WH4Watery part of milk that remains after the formation of curds
191WH5Color of snow or a bridal dress
201YE4Abominable snowman

About this site

This site provides clues for a day's New York Times Spelling Bee puzzle. It exists to make it easier for Kevin Davis to take a day off. Most of the clues come from him. There may be some startup problems, but long term I think I can put the clues together with no more than half an hour's work.

The "Bee Roots" approach is to provide explicit clues for root words, not every word. This is similar to what Kevin Davis does, but without information about parts of speech As logophiles, we are pretty good at putting on prefixes and suffixes, changing tense, and forming plurals (including Latin plurals!). The clues cover root words, arranged alphabetically by root word, with a count of words in the puzzle that come from each root. For example, if a puzzle includes ROAM and ROAMING, there will be a clue for ROAM and a count of 2. The root may not appear in the puzzle at all; for example, the 2021-07-23 Bee included ICED, DEICE, and DEICED. For such a puzzle, the clue would be for ICE with a word count of 3.

The Bee Roots approach involves judgement sometimes. For example, if a puzzle includes LOVE, LOVED, and LOVELY, how many roots are needed to cover them? LOVE and LOVED share the root LOVE, certainly, but LOVELY is tricky. LOVE is part of its etymology, but by now, the word means "exquisitely beautiful," which is a lot farther from the meaning of LOVE than swithcing to past tense. I'm inclined to treat LOVE and LOVELY as separate roots. You may not agree, which is fine. Another thing we logophiles share is a LOVE of arguing about words on Twitter.

One last complication, until another one pops up: a few roots have multiple spellings, for example LOLLYGAG and LALLYGAG. Depending on the day's letters, and maybe even the editor's whims, one or both could be in the puzzle's answer list. With such roots, you could see a word count of 2, even if there are no applicable prefixes or suffixes.

I will do my best to keep this site up to date and helpful (I hope). Check it out, and tweet feedback to @donswartwout Tweet to @donswartwout

Many thanks to Kevin Davis, whose 4,500-word clue list made this possible.